Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$4,902,775-34%3,371-326$1,454$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$4,896,153-33%3,864-116$1,267$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$3,233,977-42%2,907--$1,112$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$2,971,425-35%3,14046$946$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$2,053,771-39%2,673--$768$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$1,863,620-32%3,2210$579$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$1,628,165-41%3,0030$542$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$1,555,441-27%2,894--$537$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,412,884-39%1,944-99$727$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$1,005,631-42%2,375-1059$423$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$945,880-37%1,768-752$535$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$284,738-41%733-529$388$203,937,5517Fox
2Get On Up$257,920-39%579-522$445$28,697,5854Universal
3Hercules (2014)$225,544-40%622-853$363$69,936,0925Paramount
4Step Up All In$211,808-32%948-1124$223$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
5A Most Wanted Man$209,934-48%433-211$485$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6What If$172,958-40%680-107$254$2,221,3093CBS Films
7Calvary$143,075-36%240110$596$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$136,122-39%353-24$386$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$116,413-31%28377$411$243,822,0629Paramount
10Earth to Echo$86,696-34%781627$111$38,034,5728Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$85,428-22%302261$283$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Purge: Anarchy$70,835-51%295-280$240$70,711,2456Universal
13And So It Goes$42,878-35%156-206$275$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
14X-Men: Days of Future Past$42,586-31%188-35$227$232,749,98714Fox
15Chef$37,220-45%105-17$354$29,517,27616Open Road
1622 Jump Street$36,497-56%135-37$270$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
17The Fault in Our Stars$35,522-39%185-21$192$124,431,13412Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$32,863-37%192-69$171$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
19Tammy$29,601-59%157-119$189$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
20Sex Tape$19,521-53%111-206$176$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jersey Boys$13,572-26%64-51$212$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
2Yves Saint Laurent$12,781-29%213$609$492,2159Weinstein Company
3The One I Love$10,675-52%8--$1,334$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
4Blended$10,304-33%66-45$156$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
5Godzilla (2014)$9,578-41%70-48$137$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
6Begin Again$9,390-42%39-23$241$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
7Rio 2$7,827-34%72-56$109$131,482,65220Fox
8America (2014)$6,505-30%7210$90$14,412,5829Lionsgate
9Snowpiercer$6,322-45%28-14$226$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
10The Fluffy Movie$4,227-34%30-21$141$2,820,9395Open Road
11The Grand Seduction$3,341-54%19-6$176$3,366,79913eOne Films US
12Wish I Was Here$3,227-33%19-35$170$3,560,9456Focus
13Fed Up$76-38%2-3$38$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
14The LEGO Movie$57-62%7-8$8$257,749,64729Warner Bros.